Stephenie Young

Stephenie Young

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-100B
Phone: 978-542-7258

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2133 S1 ENG794 Studies in Literature of the World

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

Currently a research fellow (2015-2017) at the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and an associate professor in the English Department, I joined the faculty of Salem State in the fall of 2008. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and earned my B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach.

My current book project, The Forensics of Memorialization, is about the "forensic imagination," and how forensic materials have been used to develop visual narratives and art installations that shape the discourse of the memorialization process in post-conflict former Yugoslavia. Also in progress is a co-edited collection that focuses on the intersection of aesthetics and catastrophe in recent women's writing, which is titled Trafficking Memory: Women, Catastrophe, and the Limits of the Transnational. My last co-edited collection with Adele Parker, Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writingwas published in 2013. I am also working on several other projects including an essay on links between generational memory and forensic evidence in Courtney Angela Brkic's creative testimonial The Stone Fields, and a co-authored paper with artist Vladimir Miladinovic about his project that deals with the mass graves at Batajnica. 

Please see my personal website for further information about my research and teaching.


Professional Interests

Comparative Twentieth Century Literatures

20th c. Latin American Literature

Visual Culture/Aesthetics

Problems of Memory

Experimental Testimony (especially conflict/post-conflict narratives)   

The Forensic Imagination

Holocaust Studies

Critical Theory

Women's Writing


Research Fellow, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Chair, Academic Council, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

University Research Activities Committee

Undergraduate Literature Coordinator, English

Selected Publications

Essay: "A 'Living Memorial': Forensic Imaginings from the Inside of a Bosnian Mortuary Fridge." Cahiers SIRICE (online journal of the SIRICE laboratory--a common research team of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris 4 Sorbonne and the CNRS - Forthcoming 2017.

"The Forensic Imagination: Evidence, Art and the Post-Yugoslav Document." In Mapping the “Forensic Turn”: Engagements with Materialities of Mass Death in Holocaust Studies and Beyond. Vienna: New Academic Press. Forthcoming 2017. 

Chapter: "Performative Memory-Making and the Future of the Kestenberg Archive" in Understanding the Kestenberg Child Survivor Testimony Collection: Historical, Linguistic and Psychological Approaches. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Press. (March 2017).

Review: Margarita Saona's Memory Matters in Transitional Peru in Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. Vol. 6: Iss. 11, Article 8. (October 2016)

Review: Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita in Asymptote (January 2015).

Edited Collection. Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013).


Selected Presentations

Keynote Speaker, "Curating Forensics: Displaced Objects from the Holocaust and Latin America." Landscapes of Displacement: Borderlands in Comparative Perspective. San Diego Mesa College. Co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. September 2016.

Invited Speaker, "Bodies of Evidence: Memory, Forensics and Documentary Literature about Ex-Yugoslavia." After Memory: Conflicting Claims to World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures. Berlin Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung. November 2015. 

"The Forensic Imagination: Photography as a Post-Yugoslav Document." Colloque international: Traces matérielles de la mort de masse: l’objet exhumé. Marseilles, France. November 2015. 

Invited Speaker, "Bodies of Evidence: Forensics, Photography, and the Post-Yugoslav Document." Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna, Austria. June 2015.

Invited Speaker, "Treacherous Territories: Translating Material Evidence in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. April 2015. 

"A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII: Forensic Aesthetics and the Transnational Document." American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle, WA. March 2015.

Invited Lecture, "Grave Anxieties: Forensics, Visual Art, and the Urgency for Memory in Post-Conflict Zones." Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Lecture Series. Salem State University. March 2015.